Response to MUP decision
15 Nov 2017
Karen Betts, Scotch Whisky Association chief executive,
"We accept the Supreme Court's ruling on minimum unit pricing
(MUP) of alcohol in Scotland. Looking ahead, the Scotch Whisky
industry will continue to work in partnership with the government
and the voluntary sector to promote responsible drinking and to
tackle alcohol-related harm.
"We will now look to the Scottish and UK Governments to support
the industry against the negative effects of trade barriers being
raised in overseas markets that discriminate against Scotch Whisky
as a consequence of minimum pricing, and to argue for fair
competition on our behalf. This is vital in order that the
jobs and investment the industry provides in Scotland are not
damaged. At home, we hope to see an objective assessment of the
impact of MUP."